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Casting KingsBards and Indian Modernity$
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Jeffrey G. Snodgrass

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195304349.001.0001

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Making History

(p.167) 6 Conclusion
Casting Kings

Jeffrey G. Snodgrass

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter returns to theories of caste and to the manner in which Bhat culture and society may speak to such theories, by reflecting on the manner Bhats can be said to make their own history as opposed to simply inheriting a so-called traditional identity and profession. It points to continuities and differences between Bhats and other Indian Dalit (formerly Untouchable) communities. It engages the scholarship on Indian marginal and oppressed communities — loosely termed “Subaltern studies” — in order to ultimately argue for the Bhat-performers’ unique form of “poetic” consciousness and resistance.

Keywords:   history, social marginality, oppression, subaltern studies, poetics, political consciousness, resistance

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